5 Ways to Stress Less for Healthier Skin
The silly season is approaching and no matter how hard we try to get organized early, the time just slips away, doesn’t it? As a result, the end of the year can often be a period of high stress, but unfortunately, stress is not conducive to a beautifully clear complexion. It’s natural to want to look your best at Christmas parties and those long overdue catch-ups with family and friends, so that’s why we’re sharing our top tips for keeping stress at bay. You’ll look and feel great, and be able to enjoy your holiday season to the fullest! Let’s take a look:
Exercise every day
Stress triggers an excess production of cortisol – you may have heard it called the ‘stress hormone’. According to dermatologist, Noelle S. Sherber, M.D., these elevated levels of cortisol cause an increase in sebum production which is a big factor in acne breakouts. The good news is that exercise is a sure-fire way to keep those cortisol levels under control and draw toxins out of the body by increasing blood flow and the oxygen supply to the skin.
Practice clean drinking
Caffeinated drinks are also a trigger for cortisol, as well as adrenaline. So, if you find yourself drinking increasing amounts of coffee to give yourself an energy boost, it could be wreaking havoc on your skin. You’re going to benefit much more by drinking plenty of water and turning to green tea if you need a treat. And while we do recommend moisturizing daily with a natural product like our Two-in-One Moisturizer and Makeup Remover, to keep skin looking nourished, it’s important to hydrate from the inside too.
Make time daily for relaxation
If you dedicate some time for relaxation every day, you’ll find you’re better able to deal with stressors when they pop up, so your emotional wellbeing AND your skin will thank you for it. Relaxation means something different to everyone, and it’s important to find what works for you. Here are some of our favorite ways to relax:
- Warm baths (hint – we use these bath salts for ultimate relaxation!)
Make sleep a priority
Stress can do funny things to our sleeping patterns. And sometimes it seems that the less we sleep, the more stress affects us. According to the Derm Review, not getting enough sleep is yet another instance in which the body can produce more cortisol. Getting enough rest each night is vital to being able to cope with stress better, and also keep cortisol levels balanced for a bright complexion.
Vent stress in healthy ways
No matter how hard we try, sometimes stress can’t be relieved until we acknowledge it. Journaling can be a big help in putting stress into perspective and making it appear more manageable. Or if you prefer to talk it out, why not meet up with a close friend for a chat and a laugh – in fact, laughter is a great stress reliever!
Start trying out a few of these tips now so that when the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be a pro at managing stress and will have beautiful, healthy skin as a result!
Want to know more about maintaining a clear complexion? You can find some extra tips here.